Published: Apr 06, 2010 11:03 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Discovery's astronauts are surveying

their ship for signs of launch damage, but the job is being

complicated by the failure of the space shuttle's big dish antenna.

The antenna failed to operate after Discovery blasted into orbit

Monday. That leaves the seven astronauts with no way to send or

receive big packages of information, like the laser images of the

shuttle's wings and nose being collected early Tuesday morning.

Normally, these images are sent immediately to Mission Control.

Commander Alan Poindexter and his crew are storing the data on

40-minute tapes. The tapes will be fed into a computer, and the

information will be relayed once the shuttle reaches the

International Space Station on Wednesday.